Though the winter frost still covers the ground, February gives us a preview of warmer, sweeter days ahead with National Cherry Month. To celebrate National Cherry Month this year, try exploring cherry-based recipes and go beyond simply eating the fruit off of the stem.
In addition to its delicious sweet and tart flavor, cherries also pack major health benefits. Known as the fruit with the highest antioxidant level, cherries have been shown to provide cardiovascular benefits, decrease belly fat, and serve as a good source of melatonin, which can help you get a better night’s sleep.
Cherry Pie Filling
Believe it or not, you can make your own cherry pie filling and skip the store bought can. With 10 pounds of frozen red tart cherries, your delicious filling will be perfect not only for use in February, but for future pies up to a year later.
Cherry Crumb Pie in a Jar
Your freshly preserved cherry filling isn’t just for pie: you can also use it to make delicious layered parfaits. This twist on a classic crumb pie combines cherry filling and crumb topping for an adorable single serving of decadence.
Source: Hoosier Homemade
Cherry Vanilla Green Smoothie
Smoothies are a popular choice for breakfast on the go. As an added bonus, they can be made the night before to save time. A mixture of spinach, frozen Greek yogurt, and cherries yields this healthy, nutrient-packed option for morning, noon or night.
Source: Lolly Jane
Black Cherry Soda
For a more refreshing take on the sweet taste of cherries, try making your own black cherry soda. Stirring together club soda and homemade black cherry simple syrup creates a thirst-quenching beverage with a hint of sweetness. It’s perfect when enjoyed on its own or mixed with spirits for the adult crowd. To impress guests, serve in colorful glasses like these blue or purple Heritage Collection jars.
Source: Flour on My Face
Cherry Cheesecake in a Jar
If you’re craving a slice of cheesecake but don’t have time to make and bake one yourself, take this quick shortcut using a few pantry staples. Whipped topping, cream cheese, sugar, cherry filling, and graham crackers create a better-than-cake dessert, served best when chilled.
Source: Thistlewood Farm